The regions of Asturias and Cantabria are ideal for those who love outdoor
activities such as walking, horse riding, fishing and bird watching or for
the more adventurous sports enthusiast, white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
If you prefer the beach, the area does not disappoint, having long dune-like
beaches which stretch for miles along its Atlantic coastline, elegant seaside
towns with attractive promenades and excellent restaurants.
For those seeking out culture and history this area has so much of interest.
As the route of the "Camino de Santiago" (Pilgrims Way) meanders
through these regions there are hundreds of buildings of historic importance
to see and visit. Oviedo, capital of Asturias, has several fine pre-Romanesque
buildings and a gothic cathedral, the Basilica del Salvador. Santander, capital
of Cantabria, also has a wonderful Romanesque and gothic cathedral and the
Palacio de Magdalena. Visit during August for the city's International Festival
of Music and Dance. Other places worth visiting in Cantabria are the beautifully
preserved medieval village, Santillana del Mar and the unspoilt market town
of Picos, close to the Picos de Europa National park.
With its lush green meadows, miles of uncrowded sandy beaches, huge forests,
awesome mountains and beautiful national parks, and its reputation for some
of the best seafood in Europe, its not surprising that this area of Spain is
very popular with Spanish holidaymakers, but they can't keep it to themselves